In this review, we’re going to be taking a look at a handheld vacuum. We’ll be looking at the Bissell 1782 Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand and Car Vacuum. This is a cordless handheld vacuum. It’s designed specifically to eliminate pet hair. However, it can be used as a general vacuum and handle other debris types as well.
The design is fairly simple and straightforward. We have a power button on top. You also have this button to press and release which releases the front of the unit, which has the filter and dustbin. To slide that back in, you need to align it through the base and then just snap that right back in to the top portion.
It has a long and slender shape, which makes it great for getting into tighter spots. This vacuum cleaner is 16 inches long. It is 6.8 inches tall and it’s also 4.5 inches wide at the widest portion of the body. Lastly, it weighs about 3 pounds. This vacuum is powered by a 14.4-volt battery. The battery during our cleaning tests lasted around 15 minutes. And lastly, it takes around 2 to 3 hours to charge this fully.
This vacuum includes a handful of accessories. On the charging, we have a pin connector for the charging. So no base, just plugs into the wall then this just goes into the pin along the back of the vacuum. We have the dusting tool. A little bit weird as it doesn’t have the normal soft bristles you see on most other dusting tools.
But you do have these red pieces of sort of felt-like fabric to make sure it won’t hurt any of your sensitive furniture or electronics. We have a standard crevice tool, pretty good length there. And then lastly, we have their pet hair tool, which is the motorized brush roll as well.
We complete a total of 12 unique tests testing each of the four debris types on each of the three floor types. For each cleaning tests, we make cleaning passes back and forth over the debris field and measured amount of debris sucked up.
Our testing line includes three different floor types: engineered hardwood floor, low pile carpet, and a high pile carpet. On each of our floor types, we test four different debris types including: rice, kitty litter, cereal, and sugar.
During our hardwood floor tests, this vacuum did pretty good, scoring 100% on three out of the four tests, and a 90% on that last test. The one test where it struggled a little bit was simply the cereal where it did clog towards the tail end of the test.
We saw similar results on our low pile carpet tests compared to the hardwood cleaning test. Cereal showed a similar result where we did see a slight clog towards the end of the test and sugar showed a slight decline down to 93%.
The high pile carpet test, again, very similar to what we saw on hardwood and low pile. The only significant difference was we did see, again, a slight decline in the ability to pick up sugar, where it dropped to an 89%.
Set up of the Bissell 1782 is fairly straightforward on this vacuum. Simply unbox the vacuum, plug the vacuum in with the pin connector, wait two to three hours, and you’re good to go. Using each of the accessories included is also fairly straightforward as well. To use the attachments, we simply slide those in. They are held in there pretty snugly so it does take a little bit to get those to release out. The dusting tool, same way, you have to give that a little bit of a push in there so it is nice and snug. The powered motorized brush for the pet hair tool actually snaps in so that one requires a little bit more force as it actually does snap in so you get that power and then you simply hit the release button to drop that off.
As far as maneuverability goes, as with most handheld vacuums, it really is what you make of it. But it does have quite a few benefits. It only weighs 3 pounds, which is definitely towards the lighter end of the handheld vacuums we’ve seen. With the extendable nose, we do have quite a bit of reach. You can really get into some pretty tight spots.
I also liked the overall tube-like design, great as far as just being able to carry that around, and again, also just reaching back and providing a little bit more extension as you’re trying to get in those harder to reach spots.
The only major task required to maintain this vacuum are emptying the dustbin and replacing the filter. To empty the dustbin or replace the filter, we simply hit our release button here, that slides the front portion of the vacuum off. To empty the dustbin, pull the filter out and then simply drop that into your trashcan. When you need to replace the filter, you’ll simply order an entire filter assembly that simply slides in there and you’re good to go.
Annual maintenance cost are going to run you anywhere from about $20 to $40 a year, depending on how often you need to replace the filter. Perhaps the biggest concern I have with this vacuum as far as just maintenance goes is simply the difficulty or rather impossibility of finding a replacement battery.
During our research and testing, we were not able to find any replacement battery and there doesn’t appear to be any way to easily actually get at and replace the battery. To get to the battery, you would need to completely disassemble this back handle portion of the unit. So when the vacuum is dead, it’s just going to be dead because you won’t be able to replace the battery.
All our vacuum cleaner tests go through our standard noise test. For this test, we use a sound meter to measure noise in terms of decibels. During that test in a standard bedroom with a carpeted floor, that test came in at around 71 decibels for the Bissell 1782 Pet Hair Eraser. During this environment, it’s a little bit louder, we have more hard surfaces, so we were seeing decibels around 75 for this test.
Overall, the Bissell 1782 Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand and Car Vacuum is a pretty solid pick up. Being cordless obviously is great for maneuverability and portability. The battery lasts around 15 minutes, which is pretty decent for a cordless lithium ion battery. And then in addition, having just a two to three hour charge time isn’t bad either.
We also like the number of accessories that it comes with and those cleaning head attachments. You have the dusting brush, the crevice tool, and of course, and perhaps most importantly, the motorized brush roll. Having that is ideal because it’s what’s able to pull the pet hair up and off the fabrics and into that dust container. Lastly, this vacuum usually is less than $50 on Amazon and other sites so a pretty good value overall.